|Masha, Andrei, Dasha, Tania|
Her party was at the Egoist Restaurant. They have lots of private rooms along with a big regular area and great food. Nine adults and four kids. The adults ate and drank while the kids played with the gifts, stopping long enough to inhale a piece of pizza or some french fries.
Tania got Dasha to sit on her knee long enough to eat something. I held out my arms and she came to me. She sat on my knee, nestled down in my arms and totally relaxed. Then I said something you NEVER say to a small child at a birthday party. "Are you tired?" She went back to her mom.
Ukrainian culture tends to push traditional gender roles. Dasha played with her toy stove and brought us "food" in the frying pans or dutch ovens, then she played with her baby doll with its own potty, pampers and all. But her favourite toy was a green van with a friction motor. She is her father's daughter and crazy about cars and trucks. Give her a little doll and a truck and she will put the doll in the truck and take it for a drive.
I tend to be counter culture. I bought Masha a crossbow and a slingshot but it was too late to do any good. I think I will buy Dasha a set of John Deere farm equipment and a set of wrenches.
|Dasha and her green van, in motion|